Centre extends ‘disturbed area’ tag in Assam

AFSPA extended for six more months in Assam
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Centre has extended the ‘disturbed area’ tag of Assam for six months after a review of the current law and order situation in the state.

An official statement on March 17 said that review of the latest law and order situation in the entire state of Assam in the past six months has indicated the presence of extremist elements in certain parts of the state even though some of the extremists groups has surrendered en masse.

Further, the armed outfits may attempt to exploit the law and order situation that may arouse due to Citizenship (Amendment) Act and attempt to lure misguided youths into its fold, the release added.

“Therefore, as per power conferred under Section 3 of the Armed Forces ( Special Powers) Act, 1958, the Government of Assam has declared the entire state of Assam as ‘Disturb Area’ up-to 6 (Six) months beyond 28-02-2020, unless withdrawn earlier,” the statement said.

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